Elevate your cocktail game with this refreshing and delightful Martini Royale cocktail. Featuring fresh mint, lime, Martini Bianco, and Prosecco, this bubbly spritz is perfect for a sunny day, a special celebration, or simply unwinding after a long day.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Refreshing and invigorating: The combination of fresh mint, lime juice, and bubbly prosecco makes this Martini Royale a delightful and uplifting drink that’s perfect for warm weather.
- Easy to prepare: With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up this sophisticated cocktail in no time, making it perfect for impromptu gatherings or as a go-to recipe for parties.
- Perfect for celebrations: The addition of prosecco gives this Martini Royale a festive and celebratory feel, making it an excellent choice for a special occasion or simply toasting to a great day.
Fresh mint leaves: Mint adds a refreshing and cooling flavor to the cocktail, creating a perfect balance with the other ingredients. Be sure to use fresh mint for the best results, as dried mint will not provide the same flavor or aromatic qualities.
Lime juice: The lime juice brings a zesty, tangy element to the Martini Royale, enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients and providing a bright and lively character to the drink. Always opt for freshly squeezed lime juice for the best taste.
Martini Bianco: This semi-sweet, aromatic Italian vermouth is a key component in the Martini Royale, adding depth and complexity to the cocktail. You can find Martini Bianco in the vermouth or fortified wines section of the liquor store.
Prosecco: The bubbly, effervescent quality of prosecco elevates this cocktail to a sophisticated and festive spritz.
Soda water: You can use club soda, seltzer, or tonic water for your soda water. Keep in mind, tonic water will result in a sweeter cocktail.
Substitutions and Variations
- If you’d like a sweeter Martini Royale, consider adding a touch of simple syrup to the mix. You can make simple syrup by dissolving equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan, then let it cool before use.
- For an extra burst of citrus flavor, try adding a splash of orange or grapefruit juice to the cocktail.
- If you’re not a fan of mint, you can experiment with other fresh herbs, such as basil or thyme, for a unique twist on the Martini Royale.
- Swap out the prosecco for different sparkling wines, such as Champagne or Cava, to add variety and explore different flavor profiles.
Step 1: Add the fresh mint and lime juice to the bottom of a wine glass.
Step 2: Gently muddle the mint with a muddler (or wooden spoon) in the bottom of the glass to release the fresh minty and delicate fruity aroma. Then, add the Martini Bianco.
Step 3: Top with prosecco and soda water.
Step 4: Gently stir and garnish with extra fresh mint and/or lime slices.
Expert Tips and Serving Suggestions
- Be careful not to overmuddle your mint as it can turn bitter.
- Chill your prosecco and soda water beforehand to ensure your cocktail is crisp and refreshing. You can also chill your serving glasses for an even more enjoyable drinking experience.
- This Martini Royale is the perfect cocktail for entertaining. Add a few light or heavy appetizers paired up with this cocktail, and you have a party! For appetizer inspo, check out my Individual Charcuterie Cones or Baked Brie with Figs and Honey.
What is Martini Bianco vermouth?
Martini Bianco is a type of semi-Italian vermouth, a fortified wine infused with various botanicals such as herbs, spices, and fruits. It’s considered sweeter than a dry vermouth but less sweet than a red sweet vermouth.
Can I make a batch?
Yes, you can easily make a batch of Martini Royale cocktails to serve at parties or gatherings. Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you require and combine them in a large pitcher or punch bowl. You can muddle the mint leaves with a long wooden spoon. I’ve included pre-calculated measurements for serving 8 Martini Royale cocktails in the recipe notes below.
Can I make a batch in advance?
To avoid your cocktails going flat and the mint leaves turning bitter, I recommend making this right before serving. To prep ahead, you have everything ready to go and measured out so you can whip it up at a moment’s notice.
How do I muddle mint for cocktails?
Start by placing the fresh mint leaves in a glass or cocktail shaker. Then, gently press and twist the leaves using a muddler or wooden spoon to release their oils and aroma. Be careful not to over-muddle to prevent bitterness.
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Martini Royale Cocktail Recipe
- 3-4 leaves fresh mint
- ½ ounce lime juice
- 1 ½ ounces Martini Bianco
- 3 ounces prosecco
- 1 ounce soda water
- Extra lime slices and/or fresh mint for garnish (optional)
- Add the fresh mint leaves to a large empty wine glass.
- Add the lime juice and gently muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon.
- Add Martini Bianco, prosecco, and soda water.
- Gently stir and garnish with extra mint and/or lime slices, if desired.
- 25-30 fresh mint leaves
- ½ cup lime juice
- 1 ½ cups Martini Bianco
- 1 bottle prosecco (750 ml bottle, dry or brut)
- 1 cup soda water
- Extra mint leaves and/or lime slices for garnish, if desired.
- Muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of a large pitcher with a long wooden spoon. Add rest of ingredients, stir, and serve immediately over ice.
- Avoid adding ice to the pitcher or making it in advance as it can get diluted and/or go flat easily.
- However to get ready ahead of time, you can have everything chilled and ready to add to a pitcher at a moment’s notice for easy serving.